We have to consider the source of this information you have posted.
Personally, I own roughly 20 pairs of Dack's shoes. This in no way makes me the Dack's expert.
Let's look at this line you quoted:Bespoke>>Custom Grade>>Uptown Collection>>Bond Street
The use of the 'Greater than (>) symbol requires clarification from the original Author or someone who worked at Dack's.
If we are to assume the symbol was used intentionally, then the hierchy of price and quality based on that list would be:
- Custom Grade
- Uptown Collection
- Bond Street
In front of me I have a pair of Dack's Bond Street Double Sole Longwings in Bison that are marked 'Made In England' .
The workmanship is exquisite both inside and out.
We know that Dack's higher end were made for them by Church's and then later Cheaney. (When that change occured I am uncertain).
Now, according to your quoted hierchy list, my Bond Street pair, made in England, falls on the lowest rung of the ladder, and this is why I challenge the list.
The Made In England shoes, be it Curch's or Cheaney rebrands, were the top of what Dack's offered and not the bottom.
Dack's 'Custom Grade' were made in their New Brunswick factory in Canada.
I believe the Hierchy list should read:
- Bespoke (Information needed)
- Bond Street (Church's Made in England)
- Custom Grade (Made In New Brunswick Canada)
- Uptown Collection (Made in Toronto Canada-King Street Factory)(The 'Entry Level' series)
I also believe that after some corporate restructuring took place, the 4 aforementioned 'series' names were dropped and changed to:
- Dack's (rebranded Cheaneys Made in England)
- Dack's Anniversary Series (1834-1984)(Made in Canada)(Trethewey Drive Factory-Toronto)
- Dack's (Made in Canada)(Trethewey Drive Factory-Toronto)
- Dack's (Made in Mexico)
This probably stayed as such until the company's demise.
This, all of this is not an attempt to argue but to clarify on history and heirchy levels.
The overall consensus that I have observed here on the forum is that Dack's shoes were of good to excellent quality.
When I have more time I am going to photo my Dack's shoes and post them.
What we really need is someone who worked at Dack's and hopefully would have also a Corporate Profile or Corporate History booklet because I myself would like to get all of this information verified for posterity.